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Monday, July 24, 2006

Quite an Expensive Round

Single Malt Scotch Whisky is one of my favorite drinks. Each projects an individual character that takes you to the place and time it was distilled. A Scotch released this past week also has the potential to take you deep into your bank account. Only 261 bottles of Ardbeg 1965 in hand-blown glass bottles with numbered wax seals are available world wide. With this kind of rarity comes a rarefied price: $3,873 per bottle.

The single malt is the rarest ever released from the Islay distillery. At 84.2 proof the whisky is said to have a smoky character with hints of sea mist coming through the flavor profile. The demand for the whisky among collectors and bars that pride themselves on having rare Scotch is expected to quickly exhaust the supply. Ardbeg has set up a lottery for those with the available cash and desire to taste a bit of history. You can throw your name in the hat by emailing oldkiln@ardbeg.com. More information is available at www.ardbeg.com/1965.

If you don't have the credit rating to afford Ardbeg 1965, you might want to check out Ardbeg 10 at around $50 per bottle or splurge for a bottle of Ardbeg Lord of the Isles, a 25 year old Scotch, at around $275 per bottle. Islay malts are among the boldest offerings from Scotland and deserve the respect they have earned from whisky lovers.

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